CDC Update: Antioxidant Blend sickens 162 with Hep A sold at Costco, Harris Teeter

Posted on September 24, 2013 by

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As of September 20, 2013, 162 people have been confirmed to have become ill from hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend’ in 10 states: Arizona (23), California (79), Colorado (28), Hawaii (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (11), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). [Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California, the cases reported from New Hampshire reported fruit exposure during travel to Nevada, and the case reported in New Jersey was a household contact of a confirmed case from Colorado.] Currently, 6 of the confirmed cases are household contacts of confirmed cases (secondary cases).

  • 90 (56%) ill people are women
  • Ages range from 1 – 84 years;
    • 94 (58%) of those ill were between 40 – 64 years of age. 
    • 11 children age 18 or under were also ill. None were previously vaccinated.
  • Illness onset dates range from 3/31/2013 – 7/26/2013

All ill people who reported eating this product purchased it from Costco markets; however, the product was also sold at Harris Teeter stores. No ill people have been identified that bought the product at Harris Teeter at this time.

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